Jennifer Talbot Goodman

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Hi my name is Jennifer Talbot Goodman I’m 39 and I was diagnosed in December of 2012 after 18 years of chronic pain, fatigue, migraines, and the constant “sick” feeling.. I’ve been a professional hairdresser for 20 years and have a great husband & 6 year old son! It was hard on all of us to understand my condition especially my husband.. My family members haven’t made it easy by telling him I just want attention and sympathy! But after him going to an appointment with my rheumy he finally understood how serious things really were and that my family were just trying to cause problems..  I have for as long as I can remember had problems with pain in my hips, my low back, radiating pains in my spine my legs, and my feet! When I found out I was pregnant at 32 it was awesome because for the first time in over 15 years I had no hip or back pains!! But I did have a difficult pregnancy.. My son was almost born at both 26 & 28 weeks! At 26 weeks I was contracting so we went to the hospital where I received 3 terbutaline injections then sent home on partial bed rest.. Two weeks to the day I started hemorrhaging and went to the hospital which they life flighted me to St Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. I was there in the preterm labor housing for over a week and found out I had a partial abruption.. Again sent home but this time I was on full bed rest! 10 weeks later my son was born two weeks early but healthy at 8 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches long! Two years later the pain was indescribable! I went to doctors specialists etc who all said I had slight degeneration due to age!! Then started drug testing me because one “specialist” said I was a “drug seeker”! I was so angry & frustrated I gave up on doctors and started using doTERRA Essential oils, eating gluten free healthy foods including green smoothies, and juices. I also started doing yoga and acupuncture! It made me feel great until we moved to Washington state and my routine was lost.. But I was getting worse and worse as time went on due to living in a colder damp humid state. I finally started going to doctors and found some of the best doctors who actually listened, ran tests, and a series of MRIS and X-rays and finally I had a diagnosis of AS as well as Fibromyalgia and C-spine Spondylosis! Finally I’m receiving the treatments I needed all this time! I started growing my own food, raising chickens, canning, doing food storage, and emergency prepping. By finding this page I was inspired to start my own page! I want to help those suffering just like me from a chronic illness by helping them find things that work like diet, essential oils, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, building a backyard homestead, canning the foods they grow, recipes, as well as support and a community of sharing tips, advice, recipes, and ideas!  It’s hard to live with this disease not only physically, but mentally, a lot of the times family, and friends don’t understand therefore they do & say hurtful things, so finding support sometimes is the best medicine! I’ve always been the type of person who wants to help anyone & everyone I can even if I’m in pain, sick, and dizzy!

It’s rewarding to know I’ve helped at least one person and inspired them to turn around and help others as well! I’ve loved the supportive nature of this page and recommend it to others! My pain actually sometimes feels lighter when I’m working on my page or sharing things on others pains! My wish is of course that one day there will be a cure, but in the mean time I will not let this disease along with my other ones defeat me nor will I allow it to be my disability! It’s becoming my ability to be a better person by bettering the world around me! That’s the sum of me and my life with AS..

Here’s my link


Washington, United States of America

One Response to “Jennifer Talbot Goodman”

  1. Dear Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

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